May 2017

Paul Wood

Have learned that Paul Wood retired last year, 2016, from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.  He was awarded the Clyde Ellis Award, given to only one individual each year in recognition of their contributions to the Rural Electric Program.  It is the highest honor the national association bestows on an individual.  Other recipients have included one U.S. President, and members of Congress.  Paul had worked in rural electrification for 51 years having followed in the footsteps of his father, Ab Woods, who had been Manager of Valley Electric Co-op in Natchitoches.

02/07/12  Larry & Carolyn Bellue Holly will be honored on 17 Feb at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas by the naming of their newly remodeled auditorium the Dr. & Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium.  Larry is also to be made an Adjunct Professor at the same school and also at Texas A&M University.

08/01/12  James L. Holly, M.D., of Beaumont is the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu
Sheila Hotchkin, (210) 567-3026, hotchkin@uthscsa.edu

For immediate release

James L. Holly, M.D., receives
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from School of Medicine

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 1, 2012) — James Larry Holly, M.D., a Beaumont family physician and CEO of Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA, www.setma.com), today was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Holly was selected for his four decades of service to the Beaumont community, his unparalleled involvement in and support for the School of Medicine, and his national leadership on key medical issues, including electronic health records and clinical decision support.

“Larry Holly has made an indelible impact on the School of Medicine since graduating in 1973,” said School of Medicine Dean Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., vice president for medical affairs of the Health Science Center. “He has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to advance our mission — serving as president of the Alumni Association for four years, actively participating in primary care education for students and faculty on campus, and investing generously in student scholarships, faculty endowments and educational programs.”

Dr. Holly said receiving the award this year is especially meaningful to him in light of the recent passing of F. Carter Pannill, M.D., who was dean during Dr. Holly’s time as a student and was a trusted mentor to him.

Dr. Holly is a founding partner of SETMA, a practice that exemplifies the concept of the patient-centered medical home. SETMA physicians strive to get close to their patients, establishing trust and positively impacting their care. Primary care is a “specialty of people,” Dr. Holly said during a March speech at the Health Science Center. “Their stories are the most valuable things we’ve got.” He is also an Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Health Science Center.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Holly served as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, which comprises more than 9,000 graduates of the M.D., residency and fellowship programs who are practicing medicine throughout the world. The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented by the School of Medicine Alumni Association at its reunion weekend in October.

”For nearly four decades, Larry Holly has epitomized alumni engagement,” said Valerie Pronio-Stelluto, M.D., class of 1990, president of the Alumni Association. “No other graduate has loved the School of Medicine more deeply or done more to support its mission than he has. He is a heartfelt inspiration to us all.”

Among their many contributions to the Health Science Center, Dr. Holly and his wife, Carolyn, have endowed the Holly Distinguished Professorship in Patient-Centered Medical Home and a Distinguished Lectureship in Patient-Centered Medical Home, and they have made the initial gift to form The Primary Care Institute.

In 2011, one of Dr. Holly’s longtime patients, Wayne A. Reaud, chairman and founder of the Beaumont Foundation of America, gave $1 million to update the Health Science Center auditorium in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Holly. This generous support, matched by $2.1 million in institutional funding, made it possible to make many improvements, including audiovisual and electronic updates, enhanced lighting, additional seating and upgrades in all fire and safety code requirements. The newly renovated auditorium was officially designated the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium at a ceremony in February 2012

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $231 million in fiscal year 2011. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 28,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

24 Nov 2024

Alumnus receives national primary care award 

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014

By Will Sansom

James Larry Holly, M.D., a Beaumont family physician and CEO of Southeast Texas Medical Associates, received the inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Dr. Holly is an alumnus of the School of Medicine where he served as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association for five years and was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.

“Larry Holly is a personal friend of mine and a faithful friend and alumnus of the School of Medicine, and his support is helping countless numbers of our students,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center. “He regularly brings his vision for primary care and student education to our campus. We join him in celebrating this significant and well-deserved award.”

Focus on patients, families

A patient-centered medical home is a model or philosophy of patient care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. Marci Nielsen, Ph.D., M.P.H., CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, said the award recognizes a primary care practice that serves as a model for medical home transformation through innovation in practice design, partnership with patients in quality improvement and exemplary leadership in promoting the practice of team-based primary care. The board of directors of the collaborative specifically cited, among other qualities, Dr. Holly’s genuine concern and focus on patients and families and the role they play in practice transformation.

“At the end of the day, it is leaders such as Dr. Holly who change the way medicine is practiced,” said Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, UT Health Science Center. “They inspire with their vision and model the way with their practices.”

"Larry Holly is an inspiration to many of us who practice family medicine and primary care,” said Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine. "His leadership of the highly successful SETMA, his advocacy of the concept of a patient-centered medical home, his embracing of technology to create practice efficiencies, his inclusion of patients in improving his practice operations, and his support of medical education and training for the next generation of primary care physicians are impeccable qualities to emulate. We are so fortunate to count him among our School of Medicine alumni.”

Dr. Jaén occupies the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Professorship in the School of Medicine and sees patients in the school’s clinical practice, UT Medicine San Antonio.


New posting 9.30.2016

Announcement of Carolyn Bellue Holly Distinquished Professorship in Teaching and Leatning at Northwestern State University 



Larry Holly Inducted into Northwestern Hall of distinction The Long Purple Line




Larry Holly Presents NSU Commencement Address May, 2016




May 2017

New Award for Larry Holly

James L. Holly added 3 new photos.

May 11 at 10:01pm · 

May 11, 2017 -- Tonight, at a dinner in San Antonio, UT Health San Antonio inaugurated the Aesculapian Laureate Society with the naming of James L. Holly, M.D. as the first alumnus to be named an Aesculapian Laureate. "Aesculapian" refers to "medicine or medical." 

The certificate declares, "In Grateful Recognition Of Outstanding Service To Our Community and Unwavering Dedication To Making Lives Better For The Citizens Of Texas and The World." 

It is signed by William L. Henrich, MD, President of UT Health and Ronald Rodriguez, MD, Interim Dean, The Joe and Theresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. 

The guests at this intimate gathering were Dr. and Mrs. Henrich, Dr. And Mrs Rodriguez, Dr and Mrs Carlos Jaen (Dr. Jaen is the occupant of the Dr. And Mrs James L. Holly Distinguished Chair in Patient Centered Medical Home), Dr. Marvin Forland, Dr. Ruth Berggren, Mrs. Debbie Morrill, and Mr. Steven Reese. 

Carolyn leaves Saturday to be with her Mother for Mother's Day. I made the final decision that she would not come. I wish she had been here.

It is impossible to relate what was said by each person. Suffice it to be said that the affirmations and adulations were fulsome and effusive. They were also humbling but gratifying. 

Thank you all.

The following are Dr. Henrich's comments during the evening and the presentation:

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Dr. William Henrich

Thank you all for joining us this evening to honor Dr. Larry Holly SOM Class of 1973, and one of our School and University’s most distinguished alumni. We are honored tonight with several special guests: 

1. My wife Mary Henrich

2. Dr. Ron Rodriguez, Interim Dean of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, and his wife Rose

3. Dr. Carlos Jaén, the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Distinguished Chair in the Medical Center Home, and the Chair of our Department of Family and Community Medicine, and his wife Diane

4. Dr. Ruth Berggren, Director for the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics

5. Dr. Marvin Forland, one of the School’s most dedicated Founding Faculty members and a valued contributor to the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics

6. Debbie Morrill, V.P. for Institutional Advancement and Chief Development Office for the University

7. Steven Reese, Director of Development for the School of Medicine

We have a special evening planned, so let us enjoy dinner -- and the auspicious company of this group of leaders -- and then later in the evening, we have a brief presentation we would like to make. James (Larry) Holly, M.D.

Dr. William L. Henrich Presents Aesculapian Laureate Society Award

This has been a lovely evening, and truly one of the highlights of my service to the Health Science as President and the School of Medicine – now the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. When I joined the University faculty as Dean, Larry Holly was the first alumni of our School with whom I had contact. Our first conversation in the spring of 2006 set an amazing course for our School of Medicine, and the University, and it is my special privilege to highlight it with you tonight. 

Larry’s vision for the school and its philanthropy has truly been an inspiration. 

Larry and Carolyn’s first gift to the School of Medicine was given to honor the memory of Dr. Richard Powell, who had served as President of the SOM Alumni Board. 

With the untimely passing of Dr. Powell, Larry graciously offered to take on the role as President of the School of Medicine Alumni Board, a position in which he served for two illustrious terms, from 2006 to 2010.

Larry Holly’s leadership changed the school forever. As President of the School’s Alumni Board, Larry launched our first alumni fundraising campaign – encouraging and challenging his classmates, and each of our alumni, to invest in their School of Medicine alma mater. Larry established the Student Education Enhancement Fund dedicated to supporting important, enrichment programs for medical students – medical mission trips, tutoring services, research projects, and community-service learning projects, and more. It was a defining initiative that encouraged the development of compassionate physicians who are committed to the health of their communities and the world – and a culture that defines our School today. 

Larry and Carolyn never stopped giving. 

Just a few short months after their first gift, Larry and Carolyn pledged their first major gift of $50,000 to honor the school’s first Dean, Dr. F. Carter Pannill, a dedicated educator they deeply admired. 

Today, Larry and Carolyn Holly have established 8 endowments that support a wide array of programs across our Long School of Medicine. 

They also inspired others to give, including a spectacular $1M gift from a grateful patient and Trustee of the Beaumont Foundation of America, which was dedicated to refurbishing and naming the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium -- an iconic part of our University. 

Each of you with us this evening works with one or more programs that have benefited from the generosity of Larry and Carolyn Holly, and from Larry’s exemplary medical practice – SETMA. 

The occasion of this evening is indeed an historic one for our University.

In recognition of Larry and Carolyn’s vision for alumni giving in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, we have created a special giving society for our School – The Aesculapian Laureate Society.

We established this distinguished Society to honor School of Medicine Alumni who contribute $1M or more.

Tonight’s dinner celebrates the inaugural members of The Aesculapian Laureate Society, Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly, for their exemplary philanthropic leadership. 

With all gifts, including generous personal giving from Larry and Carolyn, and the support they have engendered from SETMA, Universal American and Beaumont Foundation of America, Larry and Carolyn Holly have contributed just under $3 million to our School of Medicine and University. 

It my great privilege as President, former Dean and a proud faculty member of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, and an incredibly special honor as their friend, to recognize Dr. Larry Holly and his wife, Carolyn Holly as the first recipients of The Aesculapian Laureate Society Award. 

Larry, you and Carolyn have raised the bar and changed our School --and our University – forever. We are incredibly proud and deeply grateful to you both.

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